testCatholic Biblical Association of Canada welcomes the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio – Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church.

The choice of name, Francis, acknowledges the qualities of St. Francis of Assisi, his simple lifestyle and his role as a bridge-builder.  One day, Francis was praying in the little ruined chapel of San Damiano, when the figure of Christ on the Crucifix called out to him…”Francis, go and repair my house,  which as you see is falling into ruin”

As a Jesuit, he would be mindful of the great Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier, who committed himself to taking the Gospel to the farthest corners of the world, to those areas of human existence in need of God.

We offer praise to God for the election of Pope Francis and join the worldwide Church as we pray for God’s blessing upon his papacy and in service of God’s people.

Prayers for FRANCIS, our new Pope

Suggested General Intercessions for our New Pope (from the Archdiocese of Chicago)


For FRANCIS, our Pope: may he be the visible center and foundation of our unity in faith and love, we pray to the Lord.

For FRANCIS, our Pope: may his word and example inspire and guide the Church, we pray to the Lord.

For FRANCIS, our Pope: may God grant him a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love as he leads the Church entrusted to his care, we pray to the Lord.

For our new Holy Father, FRANCIS, that he may be strengthened as he embarks on his ministry of unity, love and peace, we pray to the Lord.

That our recently elected Holy Father, FRANCIS, working together with the bishops of the Church, may build up the Body of Christ in peace and in joy, we pray to the Lord.

That our newly elected Holy Father FRANCIS, may be a champion of the poor, a reconciler of nations and a force for peace and unity in our world, we pray to the Lord.